How to choose a provider for your pregnancy

Finding the right provider is a crucial first step in your pregnancy journey. It’s important to choose an expert who will help you through all three trimesters, labor and delivery, and postpartum.

There are two provider options for expectant mothers: obstetricians/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) or midwives.

Learn more about OB/GYNs and midwives to help determine what choice is right for you.

OB/GYN. This is a physician who specializes in pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Norton Healthcare OB/GYNs deliver more babies in Louisville and Southern Indiana than any other provider.

Midwife. A good fit for low-risk pregnancies, midwives provide comprehensive maternity care from the first prenatal visit through labor and delivery and beyond.

Questions to ask an OB/GYN or midwife

It’s important to find an obstetric provider with whom you’re comfortable. Below are some questions you may want to consider asking in finding an OB/GYN or midwife who is a good fit.

  • How long have you been in practice?
  • Who is responsible for my case if you’re not available?
  • How do you regard birthing plans?
  • Are you open to me hiring a doula?
  • What is your philosophy on pain relief during labor?
  • Will I have a choice of birthing positions?
  • How long beyond term, and for what reasons, do you induce labor?
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